50+ College Scholarships to Apply for This Year

Introduction: College Scholarships

In the spirit of it being a NEW YEAR, I have compiled a list of awesome college scholarships to apply for this year.

These scholarships vary in terms of eligibility and area of study. Some are open to high school students who are looking forward to college, whereas others are open to current undergraduate students. 

Wherever you stand, I can guarantee that if you’re a student and you’re reading this, you will definitely find a few scholarships in this post that are a good fit for you!

Before diving right into the list, be sure to read through our frequently asked questions about college scholarships:

Frequently asked questions about college scholarships

What are college scholarships?

College scholarships are scholarship opportunities that you can apply for to help you cover your college costs.

Some college scholarships can be used for anything, whereas others may specify that they can only be put directly towards your tuition. 

Do I have to be in college to apply for scholarships?

Absolutely NOT! 

While you certainly can and should apply for scholarships throughout your time in college, you do NOT need to be a current college student to apply for college scholarships. 

There are tons of scholarships (some are even featured in this post!) that are open to high school students looking to reduce their future college costs. Check them out! 

What tips do you have for applying for scholarships?

Great question! Here are a few of my top tips on applying for scholarships:

  1. Focus on your essays! For scholarships that require them, these are your best chance to help you stand out as an applicant. Try to make them as unique and cohesive as possible. Have someone else proofread your essay to help you identify mistakes or confusing areas. 
  2. Ask the right people for letters of recommendation. While not all scholarships require them, many competitive ones do. So, when you are thinking about who to ask for those rec letters, make sure you focus on adults in your community with who you have a great relationship. After all, you want a DAZZLING rec letter! 
  3. Double-check eligibility and application requirements, and the deadline BEFORE you apply. Don't waste your time working on an application only to find out you aren't eligible or that you missed the deadline completely. After you've made sure you're eligible, use this scholarship tracker to help you stay organized throughout the process.
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50+ College Scholarships to Apply for in 2021

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30 

    Eligibility:

    -Open to high school, college, and graduate school students of all years 

    -Must be a US citizen/permanent resident, a student with DACA status, or an international student studying in the US. 

    PS - this is one of our very own easy scholarships. Head over to our no-essay scholarships post for more!

  • Amount: $2,000

    Deadline: Last day of each month 

    Eligibility:

    -Open to high school seniors and undergraduate students

    -Must be a US citizen

  • Amount: $10,000

    Deadline: Quarterly

    Eligibility:

    -Must be currently attending, or planning to attend, a college in the US 

    -Must be a US citizen or permanent resident

  • Amount: $2,000

    Deadline: End of each month

    Eligibility:

    -Open to legal residents of the US who are 13 and older.

  • Amount: $2,500

    Deadline: Continuous

    Eligibility:

    -Open to high school students who are interested in attending a Catholic college or university

  • Amount: $2,222

    Deadline: End of each month

    Eligibility:

    -Open to students ages 16 and older 

    -Must be a current high school or college student

    -Must be a US citizen

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: Varies, but usually the last day of each month

    Eligibility:

    -Open to high school and college students

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1

    Eligibility:

    -Minimum 3.6 GPA 

    -Must be currently enrolled in a US high school or college 

    -One scholarship is specific to STEM students, and the other scholarship is open to students of all majors!

  • Amount: $10,000 (renewable for up to 4 years)

    Deadline: January 5

    Eligibility:

    -Must be a high school senior and resident of the US

    -Must have a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA

    -Must have financial need

  • Amount: $36,000

    Deadline: January 7

    Eligibility:

    -Open to US residents ages 13-19

    -Must self-identify as Jewish

    -Must be serving in a leadership role on a project aimed at repairing the world

  • Amount: Varies by scholarship

    Deadline: January 8

    Eligibility:

    -Must be a high school senior or current college student from one of the following states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

    -Must either identify as LGBTQ or be a straight ally

    -Must have demonstrated financial need

  • Amount: $500

    Deadline: January 11

    Eligibility:

    -Must be attending an accredited US college or university

    -Must be a US citizen

  • Amount: up to $30,000 over four years

    Deadline: January 12

    Eligibility:

    -Open to outstanding minority high school graduates who plan to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, four-year college or university

    -Financial need required

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: February 2

    Eligibility:

    -Open to US citizens who are high school graduates, 18 years of age or older

    -Must be planning to study in an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand

  • Amount: Up to $25,000

    Deadline: January 20 

    Eligibility:

    -Open to students (ages 16-26) who are passionate about creating a better future and making a positive impact on their community

    -Must be a US citizen/permanent resident

  • Amount: $500 - $5,000

    Deadline: February 14

    Eligibility:

    -Open to the following students: high school seniors, undergraduate, transfer, and graduate students

    -Must be of Hispanic heritage

    -Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or have DACA status

    -Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students; minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students

    -Must submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms

  • Amount: Full-tuition (doesn't include books or room and board)

    Deadline: February 15

    Eligibility:

    -Applicants must be living in the United States and the college or university they attend must be located in the United States, however, US citizenship is not required

    -Minimum 3.7 GPA

    -Open to high school seniors and students currently attending four-year colleges and universities

  • Amount: $40,000

    Deadline: February 18

    Eligibility:

    -Completed a computer science course in high school

    -Plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science

    -High school senior in the US

    -US citizen or permanent resident

    -Employees and immediate family members of Amazon.com and its subsidiaries are not eligible to apply

  • Amount: $5,000 - $10,000

    Deadline: February 20

    Eligibility:

    -Must be a graduating high school senior

    -Must promote vegetarianism in your community and show a commitment to a vegetarian diet/lifestyle

  • Amount: $1,500

    Deadline: February 28

    Eligibility:

    -Open to US high school seniors

  • Amount: $20,000

    Deadline: March 1

    Eligibility:

    -Open to high school seniors with disabilities who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and target a career in the technology industry

    -Minimum 3.0 GPA 

    -Must have demonstrated financial need

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: March 11

    Eligibility:

    -Must be between 17 and 35 years old

    -Must attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university

  • Amount: $2,500

    Deadline: March 31

    Eligibility:

    -Open to female undergraduate and graduate students studying architecture or landscape architecture in the U.S. and Canada 

  • Amount: $2,500

    Deadline: March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31

    Eligibility:

    -Be enrolled full-time in high school or at least part-time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school

    -Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0

  • Amount: up to $5,000

    Deadline: April 1

    Eligibility:

    -Any legal U.S. resident who will be a full-time student at a U.S. college or university is eligible to apply

    -Applicants must create their own original piece of work centered around the theme, This Is How I Frame My Future

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: April 1, November 15

    Eligibility:

    -Any legal U.S. resident in high school or college who will be attending an accredited university or college is eligible to apply

  • Amount: $10,000

    Deadline: April 1

    Eligibility:

    -The scholarship program is designed to provide opportunities to groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM: women, people of color, people with disabilities, individuals who identify as LGBTQ, and those that are or will be first-generation college students

    -Must have financial need

    -Must be a high school senior with a 2.5 or above GPA OR a freshman or a sophomore undergraduate student with a 2.5 or above GPA

    -Current or planned 4-year degree enrollment in the following majors: Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Physics 

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: April 15

    Eligibility:

    -Open to all high school and college students! 

    -Must be a US resident, student with undocumented or DACA status, or international student studying in the US

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: April 30, August 1

    Eligibility:

    -Open to current students in an eligible undergraduate program, or  graduating high school seniors in the U.S., working towards a bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree

    -Open to international students studying in the US, as well as students with DACA status

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: May 3

    Eligibility:

    -Open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in Criminal Justice or related discipline such as social sciences, public administration, computer science, finance, linguistic arts, chemistry, physics, etc., leading to a four-year degree

    -Must be a US citizen

    -Minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: May 15

    Eligibility:

    -Must have 2.5 or higher G.P.A. (unweighted)

    -Must be a high school senior, incoming, or current college student to qualify for scholarships.

    -Must be majoring in one of the following areas: Culinary Arts, Baking/Pastry, Hospitality Management or Agriculture

    -Must attend college/university in the U.S.

  • Amount: $1,500

    Deadline: June 15, December 8

    Eligibility:

    -Open to students pursuing education in a science-related field (Life Science, Medical Science, Health Science)

    -Schools/Colleges/Institutes within the US, Canada, and European Countries only

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: June 30, December 30

    Eligibility:

    -Open to high school students of all years

    -Must be a US citizen, a student with DACA status, or an international student attending high school in the US 

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: June 30, December 30

    Eligibility:

    -Open to students pursuing degrees in nursing

    -Must be a resident of one of the following states: Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin

  • Amount: $500

    Deadline: July 1

    Eligibility:

    -Must be a student of Asian / Pacific Islander descent pursuing a 4-year degree

    -Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident

    -Can be pursuing any major or degree

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: July 16, December 17

    Eligibility:

    -Student in good standing and enrolled at an accredited college or university

    -Declared STEM major

    -Open to international students

  • Amount: $5,000

    Deadline: July 20

    Eligibility:

    -Be accepted at, or enrolled in, a full-time degree program at a U.S. or Canadian school that MPOWER supports

    -Be an international student allowed to legally study in the U.S. or Canada (or a student with DACA status)

  • Amount: up to $3,000

    Deadline: July 30

    Eligibility:

    -Open to current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, or students attending a military academy

    -Minimum 3.0 GPA 

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: August 1

    Eligibility:

    -Must be a high school senior or undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate student about to attend or currently attending an accredited college or university in the United States

    -Must be a citizen or a legal resident of the United States

  • Amount: $2,000

    Deadline: September 15, March 15

    Eligibility:

    -Open to female high school and college students who want to start their own online business

  • Amount: up to $2,000

    Deadline: September 17

    Eligibility:

    -Different scholarships open to high school, college, and graduate school students

  • Amount: Full-ride!

    Deadline: September 18

    Eligibility:

    -Open to all U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents OR students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the United States

    -Open to high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges

  • Amount: $2,000

    Deadline: September 30

    Eligibility:

    -Applicants for this scholarship should be enrolled at a public community college, junior college, technical college, or city college, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree at the associate’s level or a first-time bachelor’s level

    -Must be a US citizen

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: October 31

    Eligibility:

    -Be a student who is currently studying at or has been accepted to an accredited college or university in the United States.

    -Be currently enrolled in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) degree-granting program OR demonstrate plans to pursue a career in the field of technology after graduation.

    -Identify as a woman.

    -Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Amount: $10,000

    Deadline: November 12

    Eligibility:

    -Must be a high school senior and resident of one of the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Lake, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Yolo

    -Must have demonstrated tremendous leadership potential despite their own economic circumstance

  • Amount: $2,500

    Deadline: November 30

    Eligibility:

    -Open to college students attending 2-year and 4-year schools as well as trade/technical schools

    -Minimum 2.5 GPA

    -Must be a US citizen

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: December 10

    Eligibility:

    -Open to college students residing in the US, identifying as members of the LGBTQ community

    -Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents

  • Amount: $2,000

    Deadline: December 31

    Eligibility:

    -Applicants must be under the age of 30

    -Applicants must be U.S residents

    Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • Amount: $1,500

    Deadline: Varies

    Eligibility:

    -The Student-Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an elderly loved one while enrolled in college

    -Applicants must be full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four-year college or university in the United States

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: December 31

    Eligibility:

    -Open to high school and college students

  • Amount: Varies ($1,000 - $20,000)

    Deadline: Varies by scholarship

    Eligibility:

    -Scholarships open to Asian/Pacific Islander students in the US 

    -Minimum 3.0 GPA 

    -Applicants must be the first in their family to attend college (more details on APF website)

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: Varies, but the general application closes annually on March 31.

    Eligibility:

    -Open to students enrolled full-time and attending UNCF member Institutions

    -Must have a demonstrated financial need

    -Minimum 2.5 GPA required

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: Rolling

    Eligibility:

    -Open to full-time students enrolled in two-year, four-year, or graduate programs

    -All majors welcome

    -Must be a US citizen or permanent resident

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